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Contra Costa Health delays reopening timeline indefinitely

Officials cite sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Contra Costa Health Services announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been slated to return on Wednesday, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.

Contra Costa Health Services announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been slated to return on Wednesday, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.

The postponement means CCHS will now keep closed businesses and activities such as bars, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, some indoor leisure activities, museums, personal services that don't involve close contact with the face, and hotels for tourism and individual travel -- all of which had been scheduled to reopen effective July 1.

"With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission," CCHS officials said in a statement Monday morning.

"These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily," they said.

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According to CCHS figures, the overall number of reported cases have sharply increased and only show signs of continuing to increase. As of Monday, the seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has more than doubled from 38 a day to 87 a day.

The overall percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%, which county health officials indicate that the change is not simply due to more testing, but "a true increase in community spread."

The seven-day average of COVID-19 patient hospitalizations has also increased by 75% from June 15 to Monday, the same day the county recorded a record breaking 166 new cases -- the previous highest number was 100 cases reported on Thursday (June 25).

As of Monday, a total of 2,971 confirmed coronavirus cases and 76 related deaths have been recorded in Contra Costa County -- based on 70,982 tests.

County officials say recent data indicates that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increases in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals. In June, 55% of people testing positive in Contra Costa were 40 years and younger, compared to 38% for that group in April.

CCHS's postponement comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with seven other counties, keep their bars closed because of COVID-19 upticks. The governor also ordered seven other counties, including Los Angeles and Imperial, to close all bars until further notice due to coronavirus spikes.

Businesses and activities formerly closed by the county that have since reopened include outdoor dining for restaurants, religious services, hair salons and barber shops, dog parks and overnight single family camping locations.

Schools are currently scheduled to reopen at their regular starting times in July and August.

Asymptomatic residents -- people who carry and spread the virus have no symptoms themselves -- make prevention of the spread particularly problematic, so county health officials have stressed the vital importance of avoiding social gatherings, observing physical distancing and wearing masks or face coverings when around others.

Widespread testing is vitally important to help slow the spread of COVID-19 say CCHS officials, who added that it is the only way to find out if someone is carrying the virus without knowing that they are sick.

"While Contra Costa (has) seen an increase in the numbers of people being tested over the past several weeks, we highly encourage everyone who lives and works in the county to get tested, even if they have no symptoms," CCHS said in a statement.

On Monday morning, CCHS opened its eighth community COVID-19 testing site at Kennedy High School in Richmond. The San Ramon Valley's local drive-thru testing site can be found at Bishop Ranch, 2600 Camino Ramon, in San Ramon.

To make an appointment for a fast, convenient, no-cost test at any site in Contra Costa, residents can call 1-844-421-0804 or visit cchealth.org/coronavirus -- online scheduling is available at most sites.

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Contra Costa Health delays reopening timeline indefinitely

Officials cite sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 10:46 am
Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 1:16 pm

Contra Costa Health Services announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been slated to return on Wednesday, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.

Contra Costa Health Services announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been slated to return on Wednesday, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.

The postponement means CCHS will now keep closed businesses and activities such as bars, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, some indoor leisure activities, museums, personal services that don't involve close contact with the face, and hotels for tourism and individual travel -- all of which had been scheduled to reopen effective July 1.

"With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission," CCHS officials said in a statement Monday morning.

"These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily," they said.

According to CCHS figures, the overall number of reported cases have sharply increased and only show signs of continuing to increase. As of Monday, the seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has more than doubled from 38 a day to 87 a day.

The overall percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%, which county health officials indicate that the change is not simply due to more testing, but "a true increase in community spread."

The seven-day average of COVID-19 patient hospitalizations has also increased by 75% from June 15 to Monday, the same day the county recorded a record breaking 166 new cases -- the previous highest number was 100 cases reported on Thursday (June 25).

As of Monday, a total of 2,971 confirmed coronavirus cases and 76 related deaths have been recorded in Contra Costa County -- based on 70,982 tests.

County officials say recent data indicates that younger people are playing a major role in driving the increases in new cases and potentially infecting vulnerable individuals. In June, 55% of people testing positive in Contra Costa were 40 years and younger, compared to 38% for that group in April.

CCHS's postponement comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with seven other counties, keep their bars closed because of COVID-19 upticks. The governor also ordered seven other counties, including Los Angeles and Imperial, to close all bars until further notice due to coronavirus spikes.

Businesses and activities formerly closed by the county that have since reopened include outdoor dining for restaurants, religious services, hair salons and barber shops, dog parks and overnight single family camping locations.

Schools are currently scheduled to reopen at their regular starting times in July and August.

Asymptomatic residents -- people who carry and spread the virus have no symptoms themselves -- make prevention of the spread particularly problematic, so county health officials have stressed the vital importance of avoiding social gatherings, observing physical distancing and wearing masks or face coverings when around others.

Widespread testing is vitally important to help slow the spread of COVID-19 say CCHS officials, who added that it is the only way to find out if someone is carrying the virus without knowing that they are sick.

"While Contra Costa (has) seen an increase in the numbers of people being tested over the past several weeks, we highly encourage everyone who lives and works in the county to get tested, even if they have no symptoms," CCHS said in a statement.

On Monday morning, CCHS opened its eighth community COVID-19 testing site at Kennedy High School in Richmond. The San Ramon Valley's local drive-thru testing site can be found at Bishop Ranch, 2600 Camino Ramon, in San Ramon.

To make an appointment for a fast, convenient, no-cost test at any site in Contra Costa, residents can call 1-844-421-0804 or visit cchealth.org/coronavirus -- online scheduling is available at most sites.

Comments

me
Danville
on Jun 30, 2020 at 7:46 am
me, Danville
on Jun 30, 2020 at 7:46 am
2 people like this

So, here's a question?
What is the difference now, of opening these things? They are NOT opened yet and we continue to SPIKE! Shut the NONESSENTIAL Stupid things, that seem to be the problems...Like stores that you can shop online for...Why did we open malls? They are the biggest draw of nonsense...and sick people...Just saying...As, I know we all really need to do leisure shopping..NOT!


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